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Background: Pakistan’s Gwadar Port

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The crown jewel in China’s Belt and Road Initiative, Gwadar port is a potential game-changer for regional trade flows. But the project is not without its risks.

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Backgrounder: Myanmar’s Kyaukpyu Port

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Will Kyaukpyu Port take its place among other One Belt One Road megaprojects like Gwadar and Hambantota?

The Green New Deal and the War on Commercial Aviation

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Though we may take it for granted, air travel is still a miracle of modern society.

How Belt and Road Is Upending the Beijing Consensus

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When it comes to coal, Beijing is preaching water but drinking wine.

The Road Ahead: Examining South Africa’s New International Strategy

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It’s time for President Ramaphosa to break with recent past and reassert the moral and multilateral imperatives in South African foreign policy.

Great Power Politics Comes to Venezuela

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The Kremlin will be looking to duplicate its recent Syrian success by propping up the Maduro regime in Venezuela. But just like with Bashar al-Assad, support comes at a price.

The EU Defense Industry: Background

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So long as the EU defense industry is not the sum of its national parts, it will struggle to compete with giants like Russia and the United States.

Southern Thailand’s Fractured Peace Process at a Crossroads

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Hopes of a breakthrough have evaporated after a government no-show at peace talks in February. Can the next Thai government regain recent momentum?

Japan Posts Record Population Decline in 2018

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Demographic decline will mean new risks and opportunities for the Japanese economy.

Snap Election Looms in Spain

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Move over economics and austerity. The next election is going to revolve around questions of Spanish identity.

In the Long Haul, Vanadium Will Prove Durable

Local elected officials, key Vandenberg leaders, base affiliates and local media came together for the 28 megawatt solar photovoltaic array dedication, April 10, at Vandenberg Air Force Base. The ceremony included representatives from SunPower, the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and the Secretary of Air Force Environment, Safety and Infrastructure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Clayton Wear/Released)

Investors take note: the vanadium market of tomorrow may look nothing like what we’re seeing today.

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